Finding ‘unprintable’ characters in a file with vi

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Recently had an issue where a series of XML files were refusing to import into a program due to invalid characters; invalid from the importing software’s perspective.  I needed to find characters that weren’t in the normal ASCII character set.  Simple solution to this is a search for the following pattern:

[^\x00-\x7F]

That will give you matches on characters that fall outside of ASCII characters 0-127, which is the range of things causing me problems, including 2-byte chars.

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